The Future of Search Engine Optimization

If you have a website of your own for either business purposes or just for fun and information, you still have the main goal of trying to draw as many people as you can to your site to see what you are doing or what you have to offer. Over the years, the technology involved in marketing on the Internet has evolved and changed. While there are many ways to market and promote your site, one of the most effective methods has proven to be Search Engine Optimization, or SEO. SEO helps to improve your rankings within the search engines so that your site ranks higher in search results. While this practice has existed for years, there have been some changes overall that have occurred that effect the future of SEO and how it could be used to its maximum effectiveness.

Changes that the search engines themselves have made to the algorithms they use that helps them index things on the Internet have altered the way results appear. In the past, a site that had a lot of images and a large quantity of keywords had a good chance of appearing high in the rankings. This is because the search engine was focused in on the keywords that are used by individuals when they are looking for something on the Internet. It would simply look for a match to these words or phrases and that is what would be pulled up.

This is not the case any longer. The algorithms have been altered so that they are now more focused on the actual content of the site and how relevant that is to what is being searched for. This means that your site not only must have the keywords needed for the search engines but it also must have quality content in order to achieve a good ranking in the results. This was done to provide people with more of what they are looking for in search results instead of just a site crammed with keywords in the hopes of making a sale. Sites are penalized now for taking this approach and it looks like the future will hold more of the same with a much greater focus on quality content.

The use of links has continued to evolve as well. Having quality links has always been an important piece of Internet marketing strategy. You can create a great deal of traffic for your site if you are linked to bigger sites that receive a lot of traffic on a regular basis. This could help boost your own rankings with the search engines as well. Search engines have begun to narrow their focus more, making it more important for you to have good links from good websites instead of just accumulating a lot of links in the hopes of driving more traffic your way. Search engines are making it so that you will need to have good, active links from quality sources if you want to be able achieve a high ranking.

The popularity of social media has greatly altered how SEO works today. Search engines pay much more attention to social media than ever before and this is unlikely to change anytime in the near future. If anything, they will be focused more on what goes on in social media since it is used so frequently by millions of users. This means they will be using data they receive from places like Facebook and Twitter to generate results. In order for you to have continued success in search engine rankings, you will need to make social media part of your strategy.

If you do not have accounts already, it may be prudent for you to join these social medium and set accounts to link to your website. You can then use back links and keywords in your social media sites to help boost your rankings even more and create more traffic for you. This also provides you with an excellent forum to interact with current and potential customers to answer questions and take comments and suggestions from them.

As time goes on, the search engines have plans to get more and more personalized. This means the results given to people for their searches will be more and more tailored to suit their needs and expectations. They will also be based more on past preferences and searches they have done. Search engines will begin to list sites that have been frequently visited more towards the top of the results. Instead of seeing the standard results that every user would see, people will begin to see results more customized to their wants.

In order for you and your site to stay near the top under this environment, it means you will have to be even more focused on the keywords that you use on your site. You want to make sure your content is specialized so that it can reach those narrow groups that may fall within your niche so you will always be on the first page of the results. One thing that has not changed is that people are still more likely to go to sites that appear on the first page of their results and not beyond that, so the importance of appearing there will remain even more important.

All of the changes taking place and due to take place mean that you need to spend more than ever focusing on your marketing strategy and paying attention to the trends occurring on other websites. While you will need to make sure you have good, relevant content as the centerpiece of your site, you will also need to watch other sites closely to see what trends they are following as far as things like the use of keywords go. This is a very flexible strategy and it changes as the consumer changes its needs, so constant research and alterations to your site and approach may be necessary. While doing SEO in the past may seemed to have taken time to master, it seems that will be even truer in the future.

 

About the guest author: Kenneth Ifeanyi is a seasoned internet marketer who runs a blog where he shares on how to get google traffic plus easy ways to make money online

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Effective Ways To Build Twitter Strategies For Your Business

Twitter is a very large social network which is being used by over 130 million people. This is a wonder why it is so difficult to ignore the site. I have being questioned by so many people as to why there is no main strategy for tweeting effectively. But, to prove them wrong, I have decided to write this article because I believe that everything in life has a strategy to abide by and such is the only way to make and do it right.

Without these, giving out the content of your blog will be difficult because your visitors will not like the idea of you heaping content on them. That is not engaging at all.

To make it engaging, you must be sure to use these strategies that will be listed and explained to you shortly.
So, such strategies are as follows;

1. Tweeting by subject: this is a way of being engaging. Most publishers enjoy a certain percentage of engagement on a particular day, which is Saturday because they presume that this is the only time customers will have time to go through tweets and review the news of that week. To be honest with you, that idea is wrong because just a small percent of tweeting from publishers take place on Saturdays. Weekend tweets are mostly fashion related and this can get a high percentage than the others.
Do you really understand it? Let me explain further. Most publishers enjoy about 25% engagement with tweeters on Saturdays and the weekend brings about 30% engagement for fashion brands; but, only 12% of them are published at that particular period of time.

2. Using mixed forms: humm, speaking of mixed forms, I am talking of using two social networks that go hand in hand. Most visitors, or should I say, customers use diverse social networks that serve different purposes at different points in time. Using Buddy Media as an example, it uses both Twitter and Facebook for the communication of brands with each other at different times. The next tip is something that most publishers and visitors are used to and I am sure it makes sense.

3. Retweet: Tweets that are retweeted and linked get higher retweets that any unlinked tweet. If you don’t believe me, try it and see the truth in it; but to make it easy for you, you must be sure to include links that are of value in them.

4. Hashtags: what are hashtags, exactly? They are words or phrases that begin with a hash (#) and used within the message to identify keywords and also facilitate its search.

There are other steps to build twitter strategies and they must be understood to get a perfect result.

1. You must first of all describe the number of audience you want to target on twitter. For those who are not active, it is best you become one by performing researching. So, once the homework is done, plus the handling of targeted users, you’ll then be able to develop a persona that will represent your customers and the time spent on social sites. Good, right?

Before a goal can be scored, you must know what it is first before thinking of scoring it.

2. The next thing you must understand is the vitals that aid in the success of Twitter. Most times, experimenting with tweeter account works more because it is the easiest way to know what will get more followers and what I have observed that matters most is who you are connected with and this will determine the amount of tweets, spread of links, and also gaining of traffic.

3. Do you know where and when this fits in when it comes to online marketing? You know, I can read minds. Why I say this is because this is the question that is lingering in your minds now and I am sure more are to come. Anyway, in response to this, tweeter is a social networking tool which connects customers with diverse marketing partners. Knowing where it fits in will make it easier for you to monitor your online resources and also your marketing partners. Focusing on just being popular will make it difficult to reach your goals, or even plan them.

There are tactics that are good to be used regardless of everything and some of them are;

  • Having a target to achieve in mind. This can be done by researching users and also following them.
  • Another thing is to make the account created linked to something that is social such as Youtube, Facebook, and to mention a few.
  • The next thing is making an effort to link to high quality resources every day.
  • You can also schedule a Twitter event monthly and make it a part of you.
  • Find a way to answer the questions thrown to you by your followers.
  • Create a list of segment of the audience targeted.

4. Monitor your basis.

Wow! This has been one hell of a day. I am sure with these you will be able to understand that tweeting strategies are good for your business when they are done the right way.

 

About the guest author: Kenneth Ifeanyi is an Internet Marketer who focuses on sharing tested and proven ways to make money online through internet business mastery. Grab his free report on how to rank number 1 in google even after the panda and penguin update .

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Do Exact Match Domains Still Matter Today?

Pretty much a big question for all the internet marketers these days, is not it? Small micro niche sites focused on a single long tail keyword (With moderate search volume and little content) used to work pretty good earlier. These are never high earners, but it’s pretty easy to make one and hence, you can create many such sites and earn quite a residual income on absolute passive mode.

Now, the last line may be tempting and is probably the most used one in sales copies of micro niche site sellers. Things like “micro niche” sites may have worked earlier, but the big G is even more vigilant these days. Google hates thin content sites and micro niche sites are anything but content rich. Just a few articles are thrown all over the site and a micro niche site is made for you. Google does not like those anymore, mate!

Exact Match Domain & Micro Niche Sites                                                       

Now, getting to the point! Micro niche sites are often based on an exact match keyword and the domain is an exact match domain. Wonder what are exact match domains? Suppose, you want to rank for a keyword: make money online. Now, an exact match domain will be makemoneyonline.com (A net or org extension is fine as well, but info ones are generally not that effective). Now, as you have got the idea of an exact match domain, let me answer the question that’s in the title. Well, they still work, but ranking a site with an exact match domain is not that easier anymore.

The Ranks

Previously things were pretty easy with exact match domains, particularly for keywords that had less competition and moderate searches. You just write a few articles, get some low quality links and the site would have easily ranked in page 1 of Google. Off late, Google is continuously de-indexing sites that have thin content and hence updating your blog on regular basis, is more important than anything (Even if you write an article once in a month, make sure to provide some value to the readers).

With an exact match domain, you should not expect anything more than a slight on-page optimization advantage over your competitors, as you in that case, have a domain that contains exactly the keywords. Other than that, as far as off-page optimization is concerned, you are out of luck unless you make quality links pointing to your root domain or inner pages.

These days, Google gives more importance to off-page optimization and obviously the content of the site as well. Exact Match domains still matter but only if you do the things wisely enough.

A Case Study

I chose two keywords: yahoo store coupon and Midphase promotion coupon. Both of the keywords have moderate searches and luckily I was able to acquire com domains for both the keywords.

For the Yahoo Store keyword, I chose to go the traditional way. I wrote a few articles of 400 words around and threw them in the website. I gave the site a Scrapebox blast and just left it as it is.

For the midphase promotion coupon site, I wrote a few high quality articles of 1000 words or so. I put some inner links to some of the authority sites, also started link building for the site. I mainly went with guest posts around related niche, also created some quality web 2.0 properties. I avoided directory or forum profile links altogether and continued to add content to the site for 2 months constantly (1 each week).

After 2 weeks, the first site was indexed, but was placed out of the first 100 results of Google. Whereas, the second site was already ranking in the first page (9th place to be more specific).

Conclusion

I have ranked similar keywords with similar techniques as I did with the first keyword. But, it was clear to me by the end of the case study that Google does not like those thin content exact match domain sites anymore. They want to provide quality results to their customers and hence their algorithm is now strong enough to distinguish the proper blogs from the thin content ones. Hence, it preferred the later.

Both my linking strategy and content development went wrong with the first site. The fact that it was an exact match domain didn’t save me from the failure and I learnt this lesson that: Don’t buy and make a website around exact match domain and leave it on hope of residual income. Show it some link and content love; it will flourish in no time. Better if you have an exact match domain, but, in case, that’s already taken, don’t be frustrated. Buy something similar and work on it; you are bound to reap the benefits.

 

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Get Your Blog Growing

I’ve been recently away from posting on this blog and that’s a bad thing. A blog don’t grow if left alone.

Look at your blog as a seed and then a plant. It needs to be planted in good soil (profitable niche) and near a good stream of water (traffic sources).

Please use your imagination with me for a bit.

Good soil – Profitable niches

Lets talk about the soil. I’m referring to the soil as being the profitable niche you may be interested in. Imagine that there is a sea and there are islands that you can see. There are hundreds of islands and some of the islands are big and have small islands that connect to them.

Let’s look at a big island. Internet marketing is a big island and there are many islands that connect to this island. There are boats and fairies full of people going to this island.

The main part of the island is already built up and to build on the island is way to expensive or could take years. There are lots of people on this island and they are all having a good time. A huge amount of the people are spending money and a few are happily pocketing that money being spent. It’s like Disney Land on spring break.

We decide that building on this island will kill our plants. They will be so small that all the people will trample us out or we could never get water to out plants because of the enormous crowds.

So we look for another island that is a little smaller and we see that some of the vacationers (traffic) is stopping for directions and fueling up there sail boats with wind. Imagination please! We will call this island sub-niche island. As we look at it better the opportunity for our growth is here and we may be able to build bridges to the main island.

You get the point

We can use imagery through this whole post, but I don’t want to annoy you. The whole idea is to get a small slice of the big pie and to get there as quick as possible. It is possible to get into a niche that some say is saturated.

Have you ever heard this “the internet marketing niche is way to saturated and it’s dumb to even start there” or ” you have to find a micro niche to even rank.” Do you know why you have been told this? It is true. Try to rank for “make money online”, it’s not going to happen. They are talking about dumping you off on the small islands were no one goes and your blog audience will be the fish.

There are hundreds of islands surrounding the big island and you can get in one keyword at a time and eventually get some good traffic. With every post that is well thought out will get you traffic to and from the main island.

Pick your passion

I know this from experience. I have a blog in a niche that is competitive. The problem I had was I did’t know the subject and I’m totally bored of it. If I knew the subject it would be a success. I get traffic and yet I can’t nurture that traffic. So it’s dying.

The reason I didn’t go into internet marketing niche is because I listened to the lie mentioned above. Just think, I would have traffic by now and a good income… or at least better. So if your interest is in weight loss. Go for it, but just go at it at an angle no one else is.

This is my Angle

I’ve been passionate about IM for a while now and I’ve seen the scams that come out. “One click software’s” and push button this and that.” It’s a search to find the real products that work. So I felt there is a need to do the searching for the new folks that are trying to succeed and give them the real world approach about these scams and guide them into real success. There are tons of products released that can kill a newbies trust and their dreams. So the amount of content to be discussed is endless. What is your angle?

Find the void and fill it…

When you search, do you run into dead ends? Is it hard to find answers? This is where there is opportunity… if it seems to fill a big need. Can you solve people’s problems in your niche? Can you answer there questions? If you can, this alone is the best traffic you can get. Simply because you can develop a long term relationship with them and build trust.

Don’t blog for money…at first

This is a huge mistake newbies make. They want traffic now and sales now. The building of relationships is out the window and their blog is short lived.

I raise my hand, I’ve done this.

Give killer content time and time again. Build a subscribers list that listens and wants to open you e-mail. Then when you do find a product that you yourself can not resist (because it does something worth while). Then and only then recommend it to your trusting subscribers. This will increase your conversions tremendously.

Don’t stop there. Prove to them that you are using this product. Give them some tutorials and some proof of success with it. Get them evolved and they will keep the product and the trust with you.

Find the best products

Here is a checklist when it comes to products:

  • Find a few good products that you can mention in your content in numerous posts.
  • Don’t go for products that are cheap and you get very low commissions. Example: kindle e-books. You will have to sell a lot of them to get some good money.
  • I would recommend Clickbank, but you have to sort through the products to get a good one. Remember that your subscribers are worth a lot more then 1-2 sales.

Go with what you already use. What hosting do you use or what e-book has allowed you to train your dog properly (if you have a dog blog.)

Stick to a few. Don’t send out e-mail after e-mail of the latest junk. Don’t even send back to back e-mails of good products. It’s kind of like eating out, it’s only fun if it’s spaced out enough to enjoy it.

If you can create your own products then do so.

There are probably dozens of products in your niche… if not hundreds. If there isn’t at least a half dozen products in your niche, then I would suggest re-thinking your niche perhaps. Unless you are the first to be looking into a niche that is growing. Then that would be a good thing.

I would even suggest recommending products that don’t have an affiliate program if they will help your readers out.

Be the first…

Be the first to review a product or at least one of the first. That is why joining subscribers list and buying every so often is good. Build relationships with Jv’s and product launchers… or any one that is an authority in your niche.

Follow the news

If you go over to google.com/alerts you will be able to enter a keyword and you will get the latest news/articles for that keyword. You can gain a lot of traffic if you follow a specific topic that is hot in your niche at the time. You can also curate that content also or put your swing on it.

So there you have it and cheers to your success in 2012.

 

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How to Write Several Blog Posts on Daily Basis

Introduction

Blogging can be a great way to make money in very little time, simultaneously achieving a stable and secured career.  This may sound fantastic however in reality blogging requires a lot of effort and patience.

When you are new and have just started your career as a blogger, you will face great challenge for coming up with new ideas for your daily blog posts. To be a successful blogger you have to write at least 2 to 3 blog posts on daily basis.

So how are you going to create unique blogs each and every time? Yes! Each blog has to be original and unique. I am pretty much sure that you will run out of ideas in just 10 days. Hence how would continue blogging?

I have a solution that can help you in creating daily blog posts which are original and fresh.

Maximum Blog Subscription in Your Niche 

The most common problem that any novice blogger will face is getting inspiration for writing unique blog posts. Normally this problem is faced by a blogger when he is still in initial stages. Later on he matures with experience.

If you want to copy or plagiarize content from others then it would not be a problem. However you cannot be successful and ultimately you will loose your authority. Hence what to do if you want to write original blog posts.

Well! First of all I will recommend you to subscribe every possible blogs that are related to your blog’s topic. You can subscribe to blogs written by famous bloggers or even blogs that are run by top companies.

Through subscribing them you will always have an idea what is currently going on in your niche.

Read Blogs & Watch Videos in Your Niche

Read every single blog in your niche which is written by market experts or by bloggers who are just like you. I recommend you to watch videos online which are uploaded on YouTube by many amateurs.

By reading blogs and watching videos you will get an idea what other bloggers are doing and how they create their blog posts. YouTube videos can be a great inspiration for writing original blogs.

To make it easy you can subscribe blogs or YouTube videos using Google Reader or Feed Demon. In order to get up to date information you can create alerts in Google Alerts. Stay connected with blogs, discussion and videos that are happening around the world.

Jot Down Things That Are Common & Missing

Now the real thing starts!

After subscribing to all the blogs and having read them you have to create your own original blog posts. After you have read 8 to 10 blogs on a particular topic, now you have to analyze them.

Jot down points or facts which are common in all the blogs you just read. Similarly try to find out if something is seriously missing in one or two blogs but present in other blog posts.

Make a note of all points which are common and missing after reading substantial number of blogs.

Combine Things Which Are Missing & Common

Now you are almost done. You have read blogs and watched videos. You are also able to find out things which are common in all the blogs and things which are missing in one or two but present in others.

Now create a title for a blog post. Your title should be inspired from things that you have just read. After creating the title you have to fill the body with some content.

Your content must be what you jotted down. Things that is common and missing. Build the content around this, you can twist it or rewrite and present in different forms.

By doing this you can write one blog posts. However to write 2 to 3 blog posts daily just repeat the procedure every time you write a new post.

Conclusion

Finally in conclusion I would only say you can write 2 to 3 blog posts on daily basis which are original and interesting. Firstly to remain informed subscribe to all the blogs which are related to topic of your blog. Then read every blog and watch videos on YouTube.

After reading few blogs on a particular topic try to figure out points which are common in all blogs and missing in some blogs.

Now create a blog title and fill it with the content with points that are missing or common.

Thus you can get ideas daily for your blog posts which are original and latest.

 

About the guest author: The blog post by the Pritam Nagrale who writes about SEO, internet marketing and Google online jobs. If you’re looking for more outlets for making money online, then you must go to the blog Jobs8Home here you could find hundreds of best ways and tips to make money online.

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Tips to Start Affiliate Marketing and Build a Profit

The beauty about affiliate marketing is that you don’t need your own products to sell to be successful, and when you do start making money online you will realise that online marketing is not a scam despite many ‘get rich quick’ schemes making it appear so. It is a fact that money can be made online as long as you go about it the right way right from the beginning. Some of the don’ts when starting out to take note of are;

  • You don’t have to create and sell a product of your own.
  • You don’t necessarily have to own your own website.
  • You don’t have to have a large email list to start from.

The main difference from those who go on to make money from affiliate marketing and those who make absolutely nothing is that you have to find a product that people want. From there on in it is really quite easy.

Do Your Research

The first thing to do is a bit of research. Don’t go near a product that you haven’t researched or you will be wasting your time. There has to be a ready market for the product, people must want to buy it and it must be a product in a market where buyers are already spending money.

Stay With the Trend or What is Currently Fashionable

You must also keep on the look out for the latest trend. If Frisbee is the going trend at the moment it could be that a Frisbee would be a successful marketing ploy to get involved with. Try to stay with the latest ‘trend’ products where possible as these will be receiving mainstream promotion that you would most likely never be able to compete with, but you can ride the wave. There are sites online that will point you in the right direction with regards to the latest hot trend. You are also able to find the best selling products from the affiliate networks such as Linkshare, ClickBank, ShareaSale and Commission Junction. From here you are able to sign up for the programs you have chosen, receive your specific affiliate code and go about sending traffic.

The Two Types of Affiliate Marketing

There are two different types of affiliate marketing

  • The promotion of products or services.
  • When you receive commissions from getting people to click on an icon known as cost per action or CPA.

The latter is when you basically buy traffic and then spend your time fiddling with the conversion rate on both the landing page and the ad campaign itself. The first one involving the promoting of products is more in the fashion of creating a website that is filled with information regarding a certain topic, then linking it to social media and organic search engine traffic. This all means:

  • Buying a domain.
  • Arranging the web site hosting.
  • Designing your own logo.
  • Setting up the site itself.
  • Exercising search engine optimisation.

It is also advisable to have at least five sites all catering to a different subject. This could be anything you know something about such as; your favourite hobby; car; piece of technology; sport; or recreation. Anything at all that you are familiar with.

Making Money With Affiliate Marketing

Now you have your site set up –  you have to make money out of it. This means it must be interesting enough to have people want to visit it. Once they go to the trouble of visiting your site they will hopefully click on your affiliate’s logo and when they do you are on your way to collecting a commission. Rather than have a website set up many affiliate marketers use a regularly updated blog. The blog page of course will contain content links, widgets and banners, all advertising affiliate products for which you will receive a commission if your visitor can be encouraged to seek further information via that link. If you are knowledgeable enough and your blog becomes popular you can build up quite a following and you will be on your way to great riches.

Article marketing is another way to get people reading your sales page. Your articles are submitted to large traffic directories and when the reader finishes reading your article they are encouraged to go to your sales page. In this way you can take advantage of your good writing skills by converting your reader into a client from whom you can earn a commission through your affiliate.

You will find there are numerous ways for you to get traffic to your blog or website sales page from where your visitor moves on to your affiliate where you will generate a commission for yourself. There is Pay per Click for instance. You have to purchase Pay per Click which involves you bidding on certain keywords that generate advertisements. When the advert results in a purchase you get a commission.

There is also the growing social media phenomenon that can’t be ignored as a traffic generator these days. There is email marketing and content development where you simply place ‘buy now’ buttons in strategic places directing traffic to a landing page that turns your traffic into customers. You can build a virtual store in which you don’t need to build up any stock of your own, you simply pass the sale on to your affiliate for packaging, posting and collecting the money. In other words your products are all drop-shipped to your customers.

There are many wondrous ways to make money online but all require hard work and determination. Once you get rolling you will reap the benefits but until you get there remain determined to succeed, do everything right and you will eventually come out on top.

 

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The Basics Of Quality Content

In this article we will discuss the basics of writing quality content. Nowadays, the internet is flooded with blogs that are to a large degree pointless and do not add any value to the table (let’s not take into account those blogs that are being used as diaries), and it has become hard for people to get the information they need.

Internet Marketing – in a way – has become a curse not only to the search engines, but also to regular folks who are just looking for information. I’m not saying that IM is bad but it has been overrun by dilettantes who put up some trashy articles and expect to get rich overnight.

How To Create Quality Content

Before you even start typing there is one thing you need to remember:

Have Something To Say

There is a funny and – at the same time – ridiculous tendency emerging where bloggers feel that they frequently “have to” update their content to keep their blog “fresh.” While I do agree, that posting regularly does keep visitors on your blog, but it is the magnetic content that keeps them coming back for more.

You don’t have to be Shakespeare or Hemingway to produce something special. Writing a great article is all about:

  • Targeting The Right Audience
  • Solving a specific problem or teaching something new
  • Having a good post structure
  • Not using too complicated words (unless, of course, you have to)

Targeting The Right Audience

When writing an article, shooting a video or recording an audio podcast you must first identify who is supposed to read/watch/listen to it. For example, if you have a blog that covers school physics it would be stupid to cover rocket science material; if you have an Internet Marketing blog and you target experienced entrepreneurs, it would be counterproductive to write an article titled “What is SEO” or “How To Set Up Your First WordPress Blog.”

Your language style should also be suitable for your readers. If you have a blog that targets newbies, and you use “advanced” words, don’t be surprised if your visitors start feeling frustrated and leave your blog.

Solving a specific problem or teaching something new

I know that this bullet point is questionable, because there are also other popular types of posts like “opinion posts.” Well, let us distinct two separate types of information: content and quality content. Content is a text, video, audio that provides you with information. Quality content is a text, video, audio that provides you with information that can improve your life.

I don’t say that opinion posts don’t work, but unless your thoughts carry some meaning, they are useless.

Having A Good Post Structure

This one is easy. A good article (the same applies to videos and audios) must contain:

  1. An Intro
  2. Body of the text
  3. Ending

Header

The intro is first thing your readers will read after your title, so that’s why you need to put a good amount of energy writing it; otherwise, the visitors won’t even bother to get into the core of the article. Make sure it is intriguing, maybe even funny and makes people want to read further.

Body Of The Text

This is the most important part of an article. People, usually, have a very short attention span so that’s why you need to make your text easy to read. Here is what will help you:

  • Relevant pictures
  • Bullet points
  • Bolding, italicizing and underlining some key phrases
  • Make a relevant joke

Ending

This is the least important part of the article, but – and make no mistakes – is also valuable in terms of leaving a positive impression. A good ending must motivate your readers; make them feel better about themselves.

Also, this is the perfect place to ask them to retweet or share your post on different social media websites.
Not using too complicated words (unless, of course, you have to)

Usually, people choose the 3 major niches: make money online, health, relationships (let’s imagine that your blog is not about anything complicated like science and politics). These topics are popular and always relevant. There is only problem: there are a lot of youngsters who are seeking for more information on these areas.

Let’s face it, our (and – probably – in your country also) education system is, to say the least, awful. Kids never learn how to do research, and want everything to be dumbed-down.

Unless your blog is planning to change that, you shouldn’t be too confident writing complicated words.

These were some basic guidelines for writing quality content. Thank you for reading this article!

 

About the guest author: Andrii Demianenko is author of Try To Learn More – a blog about practical ways to succeed online.

This is an original article published on SEO Desk with exclusivity.

4 Ways To Increase Your Blog Traffic

Everyday new blogs are created under different niches to provide information about products and product reviews, online services, marketing and so on, to their valuable readers.

However, no matter how good your blog content is, no one will find you if you don’t send tons of people to your site.

In this article, I will show you 4 ways to increase your blog traffic without you spending a dime.

1. Submit your articles to Social bookmarking sites.

Once you have written and uploaded your article to your blog, you can submit the article URL to social bookmarking sites.

Those sites help the search engines to find your site quickly and index your blog and pages faster.

To make the process simple and easy, you can use social monkey, socialadr or Hootsuite to submit to 50 social bookmarking sites in less than five minute.

2. Network with other blogs.

Look for authority blogs under your niche and network with them in terms of making blog comments and submitting guest posts.

Making blog comments

When it comes to making comments in blogs, make sure you have something important to say, not just for the sake of the back link.

Before making comments read the blog post and after that you can add your own comment. Start your comments by commenting on the writer of the post, then continue your comment by either criticizing about a point you do not agree in the post or make an addition to the post.

Make it a duty to make at least 5 blog comments daily.

Guest posts

Look for high traffic blogs in your niche that accept guest posts, read the rules for submitting a guest post. When you’re convinced and are sure you can abide by the rules then start submitting your guest posts.

Normally, when you submit a guest post, you will get a link back to your site and people will follow your link back to your site.

When submitting a guest you must submit your best post, because you’re submitting it to an authority site and you might be recommended by the site owner.

3. Submit articles to article directories.

It’s still amazing when I do a search on Google, I mostly find articles written 6 years ago making the top ten search, some from article directories.

That is to tell you that one article you write and post today can still send you traffic over and over again as long as it is online.

When you start distributing articles you stand the chance to not only appear in the article directory alone, but to also appear in the search engines. Good articles are highly informative, not over crowded with keywords and most importantly, have a powerful article title.

Each article directory has a resource box where you can write a summary and link to your site. When writing your resource box, you should write something that will make the prospect click the link back to your site.

4. Forum marketing

This is where people think it is slow, but in reality it’s not. Forum marketing not only send traffic to your site, it is also a means to build credibility.

Just look for forums under your niche and build your signature file (which is a link to your blog). If you don’t know any forum under your niche, type “your Niche market + forum” and hit search. Whenever you post a thread, your signature file appears under your thread.

When you make forum posts on a daily basis, you’ll have at least 300 back links to your blog.

Sending traffic to your site is not a one term phenomenon: you should continue repeating the process to have success.

 

Bako has been blogging for the pass three years, visit internet marketing blog for ways to make money online

This is a unique article written by Bako Yila and published on SEO Desk with exclusivity.

Monetizing Your Website- Which Will Work For You

Making money from your site, for some may sound like a dirty business, for the Mommy bloggers out there who just want to share their thoughts, opinions and ideals with the world making money from their site may be inconceivable, but the fact of the matter is that even though they are blogging for the love of it, their hosting provider or domain registrar won’t really care, they still want to get paid , so even though you may be blogging just because you enjoy it, shouldn’t your blog at least pay for itself?. Then there is the other end of the spectrum where professional marketers only blog to make money. Here are some ideas on how you can monetize your blog!
Many books, articles and ebooks elaborate steps on how to achieve this. Some of these include:
·    Increasing the number of loyal customers
·    Higher traffic of a targeted clientele
·    Multiple income sources to reduce risks of lower profits
However, this is easier said than done. Numerous steps have to be adopted to achieve these results. Each of these have to be adopted up to a certain level and all the tips have to be used in moderation and in the right blend for best results. It is pointless spending all of one’s time and energy on a single strategy and expect phenomenal results. Some of these include:
·    Advertising– Websites can make money by placing advertisements of other products. Webmasters can earn huge profits simply by placing ads on their sites and revenue is generated on a per click basis or a per-month basis. The bottom line is that money rolls in.
·    Affiliate programs- this probably one of the most well-documented forms of monetizing your site, If your website helps to increase their sales, all the targeted traffic from your site wins you a percentage of the profits that company earns from sales to visitors you sent that company.
·    Product reviews – Websites and online businesses require expertise and a constant upgrade of knowledge and information. Webmasters often become authorities in their field of business and understand the nuances of the trade they are involved in. This qualifies them to write product reviews for those which fall in their field. You could also try writing product reviews and post them on well known high traffic sites, and express your views about the product. Chances are that readers who trust your views may turn to your website as well.
·    Accepting consultancy assignments– once your credentials as an authority on your field have been proved, you could also advise new entrants or struggling webmasters on how to achieve better results. Expertise in any field pays, and consultants earn huge fees for their services.
·    Selling ad space for a monthly charge– Your website can become a steady source of income if you agree to place ads for other sites or products, and instead of accepting a per click rate, you charge a monthly fee. SO that becomes an assured income each month irrespective of whether any sales of that product come from your website advertisement. Many high traffic blogs and websites use this route to make additional amounts of money.
·    Job boards on website– A lot of traffic is generated when people looking for jobs related to the field that the website belongs to, visit the site. A list of job openings in the field enhances their interest and every job published gets you money. This is not a commonly used way since job recruiters prefer high traffic job oriented websites. But in highly specialized fields this is an option available.
·    Membership options– also prove to bring in cash. Regular visitors or those seeking information or services beyond the regular fare, can be asked to join an exclusive club whose membership comes at a price and in return, provides access to premium services and special products and promotions.
·    New product creations– This involves changing the current product line by launching new products on the basis of consumer preferences and without the flaws of older products. These can be traded or sold exclusively on your website.
·    Newsletters are another great way of promoting your website and products. These sheets on information and latest news are a good way to remind people that you exist and makes it simpler to develop a more loyal clientele. The newsletter must contain information that may otherwise not come the reader’s way and such that he is tempted to share it with others. As the readership of the newsletter spreads, so will sales.
The above mentioned tips do not necessarily have to be adopted together, since all of them may not even be appropriate for the business. Selecting a few, implementing them and waiting for results to show, should be the three step implementation plan.
Avoidable Monetizing methods
In a desperate attempt to monetize website traffic, webmasters often make errors of judgment that can cost the business dearly. Some of these include:
·    Avoid selling paid text links
·    Avoid using email campaigns for poor quality products. Emails must be confined to premium products and services.
·    Do not use mundane material or repetitive tips for risk of getting spammed.
·    Aggressive marketing tactics are often used in a desperate attempt to save a business, but these can have a negative impact as well. It is preferable to build a reputation gradually with sincerity and then cashing in on it without taking advantage of the consumer.

This is a guest post by Neil Jones, head of marketing for eMobileScan a leading provider of handheld computers in the UK including the Intermec CK3

Monetizing Your Blog: Hot Tips

Ok, you have launched your Blog, you have made it content rich writing useful information and guesting high quality posts, you have done great SEO work and now you have a good amount of traffic from the SERPs.

Now it’s time to monetize your Blog!

You may ask: How much traffic should I have to get started monetizing my blog?

Good question! Well, to start earning a few bucks you should have at least 1000 visits/month. However, to “really” make money from your blog you’d better have at least 10,000 visits/month.

Which monetization techinques should you use? Which ones work better?

Different monetization techniques work better for different types of blog. I suggest you start using a bit of each of techniques described below, evaluate the results after a few months and then adjust the proportion you use each one accordingly.

The Monetization Techinques:

Private Advertising – Selling private advertising is one of the top ways to monetize your blog. You’ll need to create a good advertising page, with information about your advertisement packages and also showing your ranking and traffic stats.

Also, it’s important to have all advertisers sign up on a subscription payment system (I think the best one is PayPal), so that they automatically get billed for their advert every month.

To increase your chances of finding advertisers, I strongly suggest you offer your ad-spaces for sale on SitePoint Marketplace.

Affiliate Programs – Affiliate links are good because you can earn by promoting the products and tools you like, related to the content of your blog. If you ever lack blog post ideas, you can review a product or service you use often with your affiliate link and collect commissions. There are many affiliate programs out there; among the best ones I can cite E-junkie, Amazon and ClickBank

Advertising Programs – Using PayPerClick programs inside your blog posts can generate an extra revenue. The most used is Google Adsense

Sponsored Reviews – Reviewing websites can also be a great way to boost earnings as you can decide how often you want to do a review. A lot of the time you can sell reviews directly through your advertising page but to boost sales, I recommend offering reviews on ReviewMe and Sponsored Reviews.

Typically private ad sales bring in the most revenue so presenting your advertising details is very important. Don’t forget to get testimonials from your advertisers, as well as include screen shots of stats and ad locations.

Good luck monetizing your blog!